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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drm/i915: Suppress spurious vblank interrupts
On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:46:43 -0800
Jesse Barnes <> wrote:

> On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:34:12 -0800 (PST)
> Hugh Dickins <> wrote:
> > As you know (I went off-list to send more info at the weekend), this
> > behaviour is very elusive, probably depends on more than one issue,
> > comes and goes with irrelevant patches and config changes and reboots.
> Are you still seeing underruns during normal activity? I wonder if the
> ones you were seeing before were only reported at 60Hz due to vblank
> interrupt processing. If we failed to clear the underrun status, we'd
> report one every time we got a vblank interrupt (since the underruns
> don't report interrupts by themselves).
> If so, that may just be a red herring in this case.

More random questions arise from the info provided:
- why are we ending up in the flip code at all? fvwm shouldn't
trigger that path...
- what's with all the underruns? it looks like we *do* ack those
flags as needed, so apparently they're valid, but they indicate a
serious problem with the display pipeline; maybe self-refresh
shouldn't be enabled on your system (that would increase memory
latency and potentially cause underruns), running with
i915.powersave=0 would disable that feature

The lack of text really does sound like a render cache flushing
problem, but the other issues are worrying as well, and could be
compounding things. And the last time I saw the issue, it was related
to compositing and required an X server fix. But supposedly you're not
using compositing, so...

Jesse Barnes, Intel Open Source Technology Center

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